Banff Film online ticket sales now closed

Online ticket sales for the Banff Film Festival are now over. There will be some tickets still available at the door. Hope to see you there!

SGWA February Newsletter

SGWA’s February newsletter is now available at this link. Check out the new native garden at Mill Creek Ranger Station, read about our new SGWA president Mike Roloff, plus more.

SGWA Presents Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour – March 2-3 2018

Join the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to the Fox Event Centre in Redlands on Friday March 2 and Saturday March 3, 2018  at 6:30 pm.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. Right after the festival, held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour starts to travel the globe with stops in about 450 communities and 40 countries.

At each screening around the world, audiences will see a selection of award-winning films and crowd favorites from the hundreds of films entered into the annual festival.

Don’t miss epic stories of remote journeys, ground-breaking expeditions, and cutting-edge adventures told through the eyes of adventurers, authors, photographers, and filmmakers from around the globe.

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National Forest “Fee Free” Days for 2018 Announced

Forest Service News Release, Jan 8 2018:
Visitors to San Bernardino National Forest will be able to enjoy picnic areas, trailheads and recreational day-use sites without having to purchase an Adventure Pass on six days this year. These “fee free” days are offered across the country by the U.S. Forest Service:

  • Jan. 15: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Feb. 19: President’s Day
  • June 9: National Get Outdoors Day
  • Sept. 22: National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11 – 12: Veterans Day Weekend

“From Wrightwood to Idyllwild, the San Bernardino National Forest offers a variety of rich experiences for visitors,” said Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron. “You can play in snow, hike the tallest peaks in Southern California, explore hundreds of miles of dirt roads and immerse yourself in nature.”

For non-fee free days, the Adventure Pass costs $5 for a day pass and $30 for an annual one. Funds raised go back in to recreation sites for maintenance of parking lots, bathrooms, trash cans, signage, trailheads and other recreation facilities.

Visitors who inadvertently commit a daily Adventure Pass on “fee free” days can have it replaced free-of-charge. Forest visitors are reminded that even though the Adventure Pass fee will be waived, other fees such as campground, reservation and group site fees will still be applicable.

For more information on the National Forest Adventure Pass, visit the Forest Service website at

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November Newsletter

Read all about it! Our November newsletter recaps our activities for the 2017 season and recognizes our generous donors as well as our amazing volunteers. Click here for the newsletter.

SGWA Trail Crew on John’s Meadow Trail

Last weekend a dozen or so SGWA volunteers tackled the John’s Meadow Trail. This trail is a popular one, and especially for beginning backpackers and those who aren’t ready for a strenuous hike but still want to get out in the Wilderness. A couple spots were eroded, with big step-ups over boulders and tree roots. The crew moved a ton of rocks and dirt to make this trail just a little easier.  See the entire project album at volunteer John Flippin’s site here.

2017 SGWA Yearbook

The 2017 SGWA yearbook has been published.  All our volunteers are listed along with plenty of pictures of the work we’ve done over the past year.  We were especially happy to have the South Fork trail re-opened! Below is a link to the page where you can download the yearbook in PDF format.

“Today is the Day I Die”

Do you know the 10 essentials every hiker should have?  Are you prepared if something happens on your hike, or you get lost?

Tony is an experienced hiker who took a wrong turn on Mt. Baldy, had to activate his PLB and was found by West Valley Search and Rescue. Ed Nemeth, a SGWA volunteer and WVSAR member, was part of the team that got Tony out safely.

Tony wants everyone to know that the unthinkable CAN happen. Look at his video and think about what you would do.

SGWA Clears Newly Opened South Fork Trail

The news we’ve all been waiting for – South Fork Trail is open again! On the weekend of July 14/15, over 20 SGWA volunteers showed up for a two day project on the South Fork Trail in preparation for the re-opening on July 20. Volunteers cleared South Fork Trail, Poopout Hill to South Fork Meadow and Dry Lake Trail up to Mine Shaft Saddle – 5.5 total miles of trail. Our crosscut saw crew cleared several large trees from the trail while the swampers cleared the dead wood, smoothed surface tread, cut back brush and filled in huge root ball holes.
Permits for South Fork and overnight camps are available now, please check our page for Permit Availability

For more pictures of our work on South Fork Trail, please visit this site.